I stayed here for 2 nights in November 2012. Powered campervan site, 1 person, 2 nights $58, so no complaints about price. I’ve twice stayed in Queenstown hotels so fully appreciate how much they cost.
Another reviewer complained that there was no view and suggested staying elsewhere if you wanted one. As you can see from my photos there’s a mountain covered with trees, easily visible by many of the campsite users. If that isn’t a view I don’t know what is. It is further enhanced by parasails descending frequently, landing in a nearby field.
Reception staff were excellent and very helpful. They booked my Milford Sound flight with Glenorchy for me. A minivan picks you up from the campsite and takes you to the airport then drops you back on return.
The shower/toilet was excellent and checked for cleanliness regularly [see photos]. I have to say the frosted glass worried me initially, thinking that people would still be able to see in. I conducted my own tests to check…………..and no……I didn’t try looking through while somebody else was inside! You cannot see a thing inside unless it’s right up against the glass. Having carried out my experiment I quickly got back inside before the villagers with their pitchforks came after me.
The grounds were very well kept and interesting. However, it was a somewhat compact and tight layout. Depending on your allocated pitch and size of your campervan, you could have a few minutes of difficulty unless you have some help with your reversing or have a rear view camera. I had neither. My pitch was in a little cul de sac with a narrow and tight entrance. Had this section been on the full side it may well have been a stressful experience getting my 7m length van parked. As it was, it was fairly empty and I was able to drive straight in, turn round and park with ease. The exit had a dump station which could be driven round and bypassed. But I did see that route also being blocked by another user of the same dump station. Having found that there are many campervan users incapable of carrying out this sub-5 minute job in anything less than 15 minutes, I can imagine a few frustrated campers venting anger when they find themselves unable to get out.
The entrance could also do with a rethink. Campers checking in have no dedicated parking and block the road in to the camp site. You can get round if you can get in far enough to drive across the adjacent pitches if they’re unoccupied. But as another reviewer found, campervans can be queued up out on to the main road. Imagine the frustration of having already checked in, you’ve been out in your van for the day and now you have to join a lengthy queue to get back on to your pitch. I guess there are quite a few who choose to get back in via the exit.
As far as times to the town centre and gondola are concerned, I’ve seen quotes of 5 minutes for each, then 10 minutes. Again, gazelles and antelopes spring to mind, and those people who say “I’ll just be five minutes….” So what is it? To the start of the main shopping district is a measured 0.5km, and to the gondola 0.75km with a steep climb of around 200m. Now work out if you can do that in “5 minutes” or even 10.
There’s an interesting food supermarket across the road. It’s expensive though, even by New Zealand food price standards - $3.50 for a loaf of bread – but it did almost need both hands to carry it, and it sure passed through quickly.
Anyway, regardless of the nitpicking about the layout, it’s a great site and I would use it again without hesitation.
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- Queenstown Top 10 Holiday Park Creeksyde Hotel Queenstown
- Queenstown Top 10 Holiday Park Creeksyde Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Creeksyde an award winning 5-star holiday accommodation park situated in a quirky garden setting nestled beside Horne Creek. Location, Location, Location!- just a 4 minute easy stroll to the centre of Queenstown and 2 minutes to the local supermarket. Our accommodation choices are many, and suit all budgets, - motel apartments, self-contained units, en-suite units, deluxe cabins, lodge rooms and serviced powered and non powered sites. With quality facilities and luxury features you wouldn’t expect to find in even the best camping grounds, such as bathrooms with hairdryers, comfortable lounges, kitchens and laundries, ski drying room, spa bath and sauna. Our newest addition the ‘Oasthouse’ bathrooms are a talking point – come find out why! BBQ kitchens are located throughout the park for convenient use and what’s more, there’s no extra charge!. Services such as internet kiosks, WiFi, copying, meeting room, car wash, dump stations etc are also available. Local activity & sightseeing bookings can be made at reception and our knowledgeable and friendly staff can offer advice for all your needs. Creeksyde is the world's first environmentally certified holiday park. ... more less
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